African Travel Myths Demystified

“The only thing dark about Africa is our ignorance of it.” – George Kimble

Many people have preconceived ideas about Africa – often based on opinions or myths. Some of these myths have been circulating for so long that they now are in fact considered as truth or fact. Misconceptions are awful things, managing to dissuade many from visiting Africa – which is very sad! Here are our top five African safari myths debunked to convince you to finally book that unforgettable African trip.

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Africa is not safe:

Safety can be an issue in some African cities as it can be anywhere in the world now, but when it comes to national parks and game reserves, they are some of the safest places in the world.

Africa is all bush:

Africa is a vast continent with diverse landscapes, environments and climates in a single area. Countries have savannahs, rainforests, mountains, beaches and deserts to accommodate different travel wishes – making it easy to find whatever it is that your heart desires!

You always need a guide:

While it would be recommended that first-time traveller’s view game with a guide – once you’ve been on enough safaris you can go on self-drive safaris. Many travellers have seen the super-seven (the Big Five, cheetahs and wild dogs) on their self-drives.

To truly experience Africa, you have to “rough it”:

There is always the option of “roughing it” in the wilderness – sleeping bag and all. But there is the more popular preference and opportunity, to experience all Africa has to offer in comfort and opulence. South Africa boasts some of the most luxurious game lodges offering unrestricted access to some of Africa’s prestigious wildlife. Most game lodges offer gourmet meals and private bungalows – kitted out with all your modern amenities – that overlook the vast plains and Africa’s vibrant wildlife. Not to mention it offers some of the world’s most affordable luxury travel!


It will be too hot:

Yes, Africa’s climate is warm, but not all the time. Some countries have a cold, wet winter and others have a rainy summer. Throughout the year, most game reserves can actually get quite chilly in the morning and at night, and you will need to layer to stay warm. This’s a nice balance between the heat of the day and the cool of the night.

Animals are likely to attack you:

Animals attacking is probably the last thing you need to worry about on your safari! The wildlife, in general, prefer to avoid the company of humans, so they won’t be hunting you down any time soon…

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Only expensive cameras can take good wildlife photographs:

If you own a long lens it is of course advantageous, however it is not a necessity. Many people have photographed animals within meters of the safari vehicle with a 300mm lens. What works well – if you already have one – is the Nikon D7000 with 18 megapixels. The resolution is decent and you could crop the far-away shots.

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Our suggestion is that when you embark on your trip to Africa, you leave behind all myths and legends. Once you hit the tarmac, your adventure begins and you will never look back!

Top Travel Trends for 2018

From remote luxury accommodations to achievement-based travel, 2018 is set to be a year of long vacations, slowing down and learning to appreciate the world around us. Here’s what the experts have to say about the trends for the year ahead:

Booking trends:

79% of travel research is being done on mobile phones and an increase in online bookings has begun trending with 49% of these direct online bookings being made on mobile devices.

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Solo Travel:

Ever since Elizabeth Gilbert’s ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ was published, solo travel – especially among female travellers – has gained popularity. 2018 welcome’s our solo visitors to our safe safari destinations, where the world is at your fingertips. Our private guides and luxury transfers ensure your safety at all times.


Remote Luxury:

Luxury travel is increasingly being associated with remoteness and disconnectivity. This year, people are projected to dedicate more time towards travel – willing to travel farther and into destinations often difficult to get to in order to feel like they have a small piece of the world (nearly) entirely to themselves!

‘Off the beaten track’ is one of this year’s travel themes allowing visitors to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life and experience nature at its fullest. An example is Tswalu Kalahari – a hidden gem set literally in the middle of nowhere!

Zimbabwe and Zambia – The two hot safari destinations for 2018:

South Africa is typically considered a favourite go-to for African safaris with Zimbabwe and Zambia as add-on destinations. On the contrary, 2017 saw an increase in demand for trips to Zimbabwe and Zambia as primary destinations. This is a trend most experts believe to continue in to 2018. These two countries have luxury accommodations and crowd-free safaris – perfect for those looking towards that remote luxury vacation. Investments in both countries from infrastructure and airports to national parks has contributed to this new destination-trend. Not to mention the fact that Zambia was recently voted “safest destination in the world by skyscanner.”


For those travellers who really want to be one with nature – but really can’t, there are endless possibilities for you to be outdoorsy without sacrificing comforts and luxuries. 2018 sees an increase in bookings at luxury tented properties for the less nature-inclined to slow down, unwind and enjoy nature without actually having to “be in nature”.

Singita Sabi Sands Luxury Lodge Kruger Park

Achievement-based travel:

2017 was the year for experiential national and international travel; connecting the traveller closely with their country or destination. This year, we will see this taken a step further with travellers pushing themselves to achieve a lifelong goals or using travel to “find themselves.”

The goal of the year is to achieve something – whether it is climbing a certain mountain or hiking a difficult trek – built into a traveller’s trip. This trend is a reflection in the travel industry of visitors wanting more from their trips than just a standard sightseeing tour.

Extended trips

The last six months has seen an increase in travellers booking trips for longer than two weeks – clients often pushing for around-the-country trips. According to Jacada Travel, 50% of the trips already booked are for longer than two weeks.

Travellers not tourists:

Increasingly encouraged over the years and recently trending – visitors to foreign countries prefer immersing themselves in experiences that cannot be found in guidebooks and brochures. Meeting locals and wondering through neighbourhoods has been the best way to experience cultures, from wine tasting to learning a new crafts or languages.


For all of us getting on a bus, plane or train to somewhere new… 2018 is going to be an exciting year!

The Big Five – Fun Facts

‘The Big Five of Africa’ is one of the most relentlessly searched for and often mentioned phrases.

The term “big five” began as a way of referring to the five animals most difficult to hunt on foot. The lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and buffalo were the five large African mammal species that were known to hunters as dangerous and successfully hunting them was considered an accomplishment.

However, today the expression takes a much gentler approach – referring to seeing the majestic wildlife species on safari in Africa. These friendly giants are frequently sought-after for sightings, encounters and photo opportunities.

Given the formidable five’s status and significance, here are some interesting facts about the lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and buffalo that we thought you might find interesting:


The lion is Africa’s top predator and the second largest big cat in the world. Roaming the savannah grasslands and open plains of Africa, these social felines are the only cats that live in groups (prides) and need a lot of contact with each other. The lions will greet each other by rubbing their heads against one another, exchanging scents that convey information about their intentions, moods and recent activities.

Females share a particularly strong bond as they remain in the same pride for life and raise their cubs together. They do all the hunting, and the males get the first helping – even when there are cubs in the pride. The hunting is done mostly at night as lions can see in the dark. They are not completely nocturnal so their most active time is just before sunrise or just after sunset. However, they are opportunistic feeders and will hunt at any time.

A lion’s roar can be heard up to 5 miles (8km) away, enabling them to communicate with each other over large distances. They spend most of their time sleeping and can sleep up to 20 hours a day!

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The leopard is nocturnal, solitary and secretive, staying hidden during the day. They are the least seen of the Big Five. These antisocial cats avoid interacting with each other beyond mating and raising young cubs.

Leopards are excellent at climbing trees and will often safeguard their kill in a tree to prevent lions and hyenas from stealing it. They are also strong swimmers and occasionally eat fish and crabs. Leopards can drag prey weighing up to three times their own body weight up into trees over 20 feet (6 meters) tall.

Leopards don’t roar, they bark and snarl. When they are happy they even purr. But this is not only what makes them unique – they are the most adaptable felines! Inhabiting some of the most diverse environments of all the big cats, such as both deserts and forests – their ability to survive across a range of habitats has enabled leopard populations to survive in far flung parts of the world.


The rhino is the most endangered species of the Big Five. The illegal trade of rhino poaching is being driven by an Asian demand for horns, made worse by increasingly sophisticated poachers. Very few rhinos now survive outside national parks and reserves.

A rhino’s horn is not attached to its skull. If it breaks off it will grow back again.

The white and black rhino have no teeth and hence rely on their lips for eating.

Rhinos have poor vision and will sometimes attack trees and rocks by accident. However, their hearing and sense of smell are excellent, thus often making up for their poor eyesight.


Many trees in West African forests – at least one third – rely on evolved seeds to pass through an elephant’s digestive tract for dissemination and germination.

African elephants communicate across large distances at a low frequency that cannot be heard by humans.

Under Africa’s scorching sun, elephants get sunburnt too! They throw sand on their backs and heads to prevent sunburn and keep insects off their skin. And even though their skins are incredibly tough, they can feel those tiny insect walking on their skin!

When baby elephants are born, they are almost blind and some individuals suck their trunks for comfort, similar to the way young humans suck their thumbs.

Elephants love to swim and are able to swim for long distances. They use their trunks as makeshift snorkels. The trunk is also used for grabbing, bathing, smelling, drinking and can pick up something as small as a grain of rice.

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A buffalo’s primary predator is the lion. It will try to rescue another member who has been caught or hurt and has often been observed killing a lion after it has killed a member of the group. Unlike the water buffalo – whom has an uncanny resemblance to the African buffalo – the latter is dangerous and has never been domesticated.

Dangerous, and rightly so! Buffalo are said to have killed more hunters in Africa than any other animal. They still kill over 200 people every year earning them the reputation and nickname of ‘Black Death’ and ‘Widow Maker’.

Our safari-goers from across the world are eager to spot the famous rhino, leopard, lion, buffalo and elephant combination. Contact us now to learn more about our safaris to Africa’s finest Big Five viewing reserves!

Traveller Review – Dahm Family

The Dahm family have just returned home from a lovely African adventure and have been kind enough to share their experience with us here:

“The vacation was the best we’ve ever taken. My family said so many times, “Mom, you planned a perfect vacation. And I said well thank you to Iconic Africa! I would never have found these properties on my own.” Lauren, we absolutely LOVED both the Cape Grace Hotel and &Beyond Ngala. I truly don’t think it would be possible to have a better experience.

Cape Grace was so beautiful and it was a delight to stay in a unique property like that versus the big international hotels. The service was exemplary and every square inch of the hotel was gorgeous. Our suite was even better than expected and the photos on the website couldn’t capture how lovely and spacious it was. Of course we had a big terrace with beautiful views as well. Just perfect.

While we did love Cape Town and all the tours and sights, the safari was the highlight. What a magical experience. We had a fantastic guide with almost 20 years of experience – and saw the big Five every day – and so much more! Ngala was gorgeous, natural, comfortable, and the service was stellar. We did not expect gourmet food and elegant dinners! It was just perfect. I would highly recommend Ngala to anyone contemplating a safari. Not just the property but the reserve itself is so large, you never feel like you are surrounded by tourists, and SO MANY animals.

We also really enjoyed a couple of days in Camp’s Bay at the Bay Atlantic Guest House, which was a lovely and comfortable spot (gorgeous view of the beach and mountains and walkable to town – just perfect).

Also, the connections and flights, etc all worked out perfectly so appreciate the details you handled as well.


We have hundreds of pictures! I am making an album for our family.

We cannot thank you and Julia enough. Joe and I were a bit concerned about the cost of one vacation being so high but it was worth it. It will be a memory of a lifetime for us and for our children. The only concern is another vacation will never measure up! ”

A big thank you to Joanne for these wonderful words. We hope to see you on African soil again soon, soon!


Fall in Love with Africa this Valentine’s Day

Africa is the continent of safari, wilderness and adventurous escapades but infused into all of this is an unmistakable and ancient romance.

There is very little in this world that compares to a rustic, yet luxurious entanglement with nature. And what better way to spoil your partner or loved one than to jet off to one of our hand-picked lodges this Valentine’s Day. If a tailored romantic safari is something you have always dreamed of, now is the opportunity to make it an iconic reality.



If you’re short of ideas, here are our top three romantic accommodations that will inspire that loving mood. From their prime location to majestic views – Iconic Africa wishes to provide you with an once-in-a-lifetime African experience.

Singita Sabi Sands Luxury Lodge Kruger Park

Four hours from Johannesburg’s O.R. Tambo International Airport lies the Kruger National Park, the largest reserve in South Africa. Encompassing three countries – South Africa, Zimbabwe and Mozambique – this wildlife sanctuary adjoins the Sabi Sands, the most famous Private Game Reserve in the Southern Hemisphere. This reserve boasts some of South Africa’s leading safari lodges:

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If you are looking for unparalleled luxury in the bush then Singita might just be the place for you. It is without doubt one of the most romantic safari lodges in South Africa, winning “Top Hotel in the World” 16 times! Fitted with modern comforts in an exquisite African wildlife setting, each suite offers privacy, pampering and romance. Enjoy the sunset while overlooking the vast landscape or a candle-lit open air dinner from your private suite. Share the memory of miraculous sightings with your significant other as Singita has no perimeter between comfort and nature.

Londolozi Granite Suites
There is no better place to keep the flame burning than in nature. Londolozi’s private granite suites are built in to the granite rock on the banks of the Sand River with uninterrupted views over the river. Each suite has its own private rock pool and a glass encased bathroom allowing you to feel like you are living in the bush. This is the ultimate romantic safari destination as you and your loved one relax in the private outdoor bath overlooking the river, or sight a leopard and unsurpassed game. Find all the secret places of Londolozi and enjoy a picnic in the wilderness or a couple’s massage in the bush.

Lion Sands
Have the night of your life under the stars. Share a unique and exhilarating experience in the top of an ancient Jackalberry Tree. Couples are left for a night of privacy in a secluded treehouse, towering over the wealth of fauna and flora Lion Sands has to offer. Left in complete comfort, luxury and tranquillity, the treehouse is nestled among the trees 15 minutes away from the lodge. Couples can also get rid of urban stress and unwind at the health spa.
The Kruger is showered with magical, dreamy lodges. From game sightings right from the comfort of your luxurious suite to private outdoor dining and sleeping under the stars. Our lodges have plenty of choice to satisfy incurable romantics this Valentine’s Day.

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If a full tour is what you are looking for – look no further. Iconic Africa’s Royal Romance combines the beauty, wilderness, adventure and pioneering excitement of Africa with four destinations that define supreme luxury permeated with complete privacy and opulent romance. Ellerman House is the definition of modern sophisticated living on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean, the marvels of Cape Town all around. La Residence is the jewel of Franschoek – abject indulgence suspended in an impossibly beautiful valley of vineyards. Royal Malewane is impeccably tasteful grandeur surrounded by the majesty of the African wilderness. Royal Chundu is the ancient mystery and magic of the Zambezi in luxurious island seclusion. Click here for full interactive itinerary.

Where to Stay in the Kruger National Park

If you’re planning the perfect African safari, few places would be better than the world-renowned Kruger National Park for just that. Kruger is one of the biggest wildlife sanctuaries in the world offering some of the best game-viewing… and an opportunity to stay in this sensational park should never be passed up. It’s one of those once-in-a-lifetime spots… and sits high up on many travellers’ bucket-lists – for a reason! Here are some of our favourite places to stay in Kruger.

The Kruger National Park Private Concessions

The Kruger private concessions have been praised as being the ultimate in luxury and promise to deliver only the greatest safaris. If your dream is to have an epic safari of a lifetime with your family, complete with exclusivity and opulence, we suggest staying at the Royal Malewane. Royal Malewane is the perfect escape for families and friends, and children are warmly welcome! Royal Malewane is both bold and beautiful in a truly eclectic African way—from the daringly bright colours to the hand-crafted beds, it is uniquely chic yet funky. It’s set in the heart of all the ‘wilderness’ action, which makes it ideal for spotting animals and watching birds. The Royal Malewane has also only just dropped it’s fences with the Kruger National Park… and so the game-viewing really is sensational.

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Sabi Sands

Sabi Sands is possibly the most well-known private game reserve in the southern hemisphere. Bordering Kruger, it is one of the most popular private game reserves because of its exceptional game-viewing. It is the pinnacle of luxury and in 2014, Londolozi was voted the best hotel in the world—this makes Londolozi the obvious accommodation choice. With intimate leopard sightings, and exceptional accommodation, Londolozi is something truly special. We suggest staying at the Tree Camp because of the unique experience it offers its guests—the camp seems to be suspended amongst the shade of Londolozi’s magnificent trees. It’s ideal for a couple’s escape—what could be more romantic than enjoying a glass of champagne with your loved one at the candle-lit bar before heading off to your private room which houses a cosy king-sized bed? Rooms are complete with sunken bubble baths and spectacular views of the river below.

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Timbavati Private Game Reserve

Timbavati lies on the western boundary of Kruger and is famous for its white lions and Big 5 game-viewing opportunities. For something truly special, we suggest staying at Ngala Tented Camp. The camp lies on the banks of Timbavati River, but this is camping like you’ve never experienced it. The tents are absolutely extravagant, complete with aircon, thick down duvets, and gorgeous private bathrooms. At Ngala Tented Camp, guests truly feel immersed in Africa—listening to the sounds of the African bushveld and gazing out at the river—whilst enjoying the opulence surrounding them. Delight in whiling the relaxed hours away in the rim-flow pool while watching elephants frolic at the banks of the river. It’s an experience that is not to be missed.

For more information about Kruger and its amazing accommodation options, please visit our site here.


The Best African Safari Tours for 2018

“If there were one more thing I could do, it would be to go on safari once again.” Karen Blixen.

It’s a new year… so why not make 2018 the year that you finally go on that safari you’ve been meaning to go on for so long!

Planning the perfect African Safari can be intimidating when you don’t know where to start. That’s why we’ve carefully selected our Top 3 African Safari Tours which offer only the most luxurious, authentic, and unparalleled experiences just for you!

The optimal safari tour for first-time African adventurers. Be astounded by the magnificent Cape Grace Hotel, located in South Africa’s Mother City. Enjoy luscious cocktails on the deck, tranquil spa treatments, and divine gourmet meals.

Be whisked to the Lion Sands Ivory Lodge in world-renowned Kruger National Park, and revel in complete exclusivity while sharing an intimate connection with the African bushveld. Take delight in spotting the Big 5 and immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of Africa.

End your adventure in Zambia at the Royal Livingstone—Africa’s most graceful Victorian hotel. Enjoy the healing spray of Victoria Falls and unwind to the sound of its roar. With your G&T in hand, gazing out over golden mist at sundown, get a true taste of Africa’s bygone era.

  1. The Royal Romance

The ultimate romantic getaway for couples with a love for Africa. The safari begins in Cape Town at Ellerman House—an absolutely gorgeous Edwardian Mansion resting on Lion’s Head. Take in spectacular views, delectable food, and Africa’s greatest art collection.

Head off to idyllic La Residence—a captivating boutique hotel set in picturesque Franschhoek. Not only is it the most alluring hotel in Franschhoek, it is also home to exceptional wine and unrivalled cuisine.

Escape to Royal Chundu in Zambia where opulence meets tranquillity. It’s the perfect place for you and your special someone to revel in all things ‘Africa’.

  1. Africa’s Family Getaway

An extravagant safari adventure for the whole family. Your African escapade starts at the One&Only Cape Town—centrally located and an ideal home base for the whole family. Admire the sweeping views over Cape Town while indulging in all the mod-cons, what more could you ask for?

Journey to Madkiwe Safari Lodge an African safari that caters for everyone. Located in a malaria free area makes it ideal for families. Madikwe blends five star comfort and pure African indulgence.

End your adventure at Tongabezi which lies on the banks of the Zambezi River. With plenty of exciting activities for the entire family—parents can relax at the peaceful plunge pools while kids can enjoy the delights of the play area.

For more information on tours that are available please visit our site here.

Our Favourite Family Friendly Lodges

Nothing could ever be more special than going on an out-of-Africa, safari, adventure with the entire family. Sharing and making unforgettable memories with children is what parents dream of and taking them on safari is one sure way of doing this. There really is nothing better than seeing your child’s face light up at the sight of their first elephant; or watching the wind in their hair as the game vehicle races through the bushveld in pursuit of a pack of wild dogs; or simply the smile that results as the sun sets over the horizon turning the sky pink, purple and blue. Africa has so much to offer for all souls – young and old.

That’s why we recommend staying at one of our favourite family friendly lodges. Have a look at the lodges below to get inspired. You won’t be disappointed.

Lelapa Lodge at Madikwe Safari Lodge

Lelapa Lodge is the quintessential safari adventure for the whole family, and it specifically caters for families with children. The idea is for parents to be absolutely pampered while kids are kept completely entertained by the specialised rangers and facilities. Lelapa Lodge even has a special bush orientation programme for kids. Meals are kept decadent for parents and simple for children. Kids can even help the chefs make pizzas for lunch and cookies for tea! It’s an absolutely spell-binding experience for children. Each suite has its own private plunge pool, and spectacular views over the African bushveld. Set against the backdrop of the savannah, and simply teeming with wildlife, Lelapa Lodge is the ideal family escape.

Tswalu Lodge in the Kalahari

Tswalu is southern Africa’s biggest private game reserve, and is perfect for anyone wanting to experience true Kalahari wilderness. The views from the lodge are utterly magical and ensure awesome game-viewing opportunities. Tswalu has three luxurious bungalows that have been specifically designed to cater for families, and the warm staff know just how to make your enchanting family escape one to remember. From de-stressing massage treatments to exciting morning game drives, this is a place where memories are made. Treat yourselves to a once-in-a-lifetime horse safari or relax on the private sundeck while taking in the awe-inspiring views of the waterhole.

Tswalu Game Reserve. Southern Kalahari. Northern Cape. South Africa.

Londolozi in Sabi Sands

Sabi Sands is possibly the most famous private game reserve in the southern hemisphere. For high quality game-viewing, Sabi Sands is the place to be because of the incredible number of predators in the area. Londolozi proudly boasts the title of ‘best hotel in the world’ which it was given by the Conde Nast Readers’ Choice Awards in 2014. For the ultimate family safari, families should be sure to stay at Varty Camp. What makes Varty Camp so special is the fact that it is so committed to bringing families the very best in luxury and entertainment that it even has a special itinerary just for children. Varty Camp puts family first and children are always warmly welcomed.

For more information about our family friendly safaris, please visit our site here.

Londolozi – FAQs

Londolozi is more than just a place, it is a feeling—a feeling that simply cannot be described in words. Londolozi has a special place in our hearts as we’ve all worked there, spent many holidays there, or are even part of the family. Our Director Terri even got engaged there many moons ago!

Home to some of the most amazing wildlife in Africa (particularly famous for its leopards), Londolozi manages to earn a place in every visitor’s heart. Luxury accommodation, divine cuisine, and the ultimate African hospitality ensure that Londolozi is the ultimate African escape. We’ve got a list of the most frequently asked questions about Londolozi which we have put together so that you can find information about this spectacular destination with ease.

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  1. What is Londolozi?

Londolozi is a luxury lodge situated in Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve. Londolozi effortlessly combines luxury, hospitality, and the wilderness—not a typically easy feat. The word ‘Londolozi’ is a Zulu word meaning ‘to protect’. John, Dave, and Shan Varty (the founders of Londolozi) chose the name to depict the aim of the lodge—to be a sanctuary for all living things.

  1. Where exactly is Londolozi located?

Londolozi is situated in the Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve which is possibly the most famous Private Game Reserve in the Southern Hemisphere. This game reserve adjoins the Kruger National Park which is located in the Mpumalanga province in South Africa.

  1. How do you get to Londolozi?

There are two ways to get to Londolozi namely, by road or by air. Londolozi is located 500km away from Johannesburg which translates to a six-hour drive. Londolozi offers transfers from the Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport on request. You also have the option to take a scheduled flight to Londolozi. Federal Air offers daily flights from O.R. Thambo International Airport to the Londolozi Airstrip. Airlink also offers daily flights to Londolozi from Johannesburg and Cape Town to the Nelspruit KMIA and the Skukuza Airport. From there, a short transfer in a small aircraft will take you through to the Londolozi Airstrip.

  1. What is Londolozi’s policy with regard to children?

Londolozi emphasises the importance of family and therefore, children over six are always welcome. If you have children between the ages of six and 16, the Varty and the Founders camps are perfect for you. Children over six are certainly welcome on game drives, too! You can enrol your young children into the Londolozi Cubs Programme which will make sure that every day is filled with fun, and your children will learn the importance of conserving the biodiversity in Africa. Londolozi has a special Cubs Den for children which is specifically designed with children in mind. There are beautiful fishponds to splash in, tents to camp out in, and even Land Rovers for children to ‘drive’. The Cub Coach (an expert naturalist) takes children on educational, fun-filled bushveld excursions. Your children will learn how to identify different types of spoor, they will learn how to catch bugs, to do an African dance, and to make beads!

  1. Is Londolozi a suitable place for a honeymoon?

Yes! Londolozi offers a special Honeymoon Safari for newlyweds. Londolozi combines unsurpassed opulence with the African wilderness to create the ultimate honeymoon for you and your loved one. A honeymoon at Londolozi is an unforgettable experience—one that will live in your hearts forever. Londolozi even has its own dedicated Honeymoon Vehicle and private guide for game viewing, ensuring that newlyweds only experience the best game viewing that Africa has to offer.

  1. What activities are on offer?

Game drives are the highlight of the days that you spend at Londolozi, and you will be able to enjoy two game drives per day—one sunrise game drive and one sunset game drive. Londolozi also offers its guests the opportunity to go on bush walks, to go fishing, to experience the village and so much more. Guests can also opt to unwind with a professional massage or do a spot of yoga.

  1. What types of safaris does Londolozi offer?

Safaris at Londolozi are tailored to suit each individual’s needs; however all safaris at Londolozi emphasis game drives. Depending on when you choose to visit Londolozi, you will either follow the Summer Schedule or the Winter Schedule. Both schedules make certain that guests have the ultimate game viewing experiences throughout the day—so not to worry! The Londolozi rangers also specialise in photographic safaris and therefore Londolozi safaris are ideal for photographers. Londolozi is known for its breath-taking scenery which makes it perfect canvas for wildlife photography. It is the ideal place to take awesome photos of the big cats. Londolozi is so dedicated to photographic safaris that it even has its own photographic studio that allows guests to edit and print their very best safari shots. Guests can even book a private Land Rover with their very own photographic tutor!

  1. What does a typical day at Londolozi look like?

Each day differs from day to day because each safari experience is tailored to suit every guest’s specific needs. If you visit Londolozi in the summer, your day will begin with a gorgeous sunrise game drive at 5.30. After the thrilling adventure of an early game drive, you will be treated to a superb breakfast to fill you up. You can then choose to go on a lovely bush walk, do a spot of yoga, lounge around in your lodge, or you could even visit the wellness spa for a quick treat. Lunch is served at 1.30 and you will be able to indulge in only the best cuisine. Londolozi understands the importance of treating its guests to only the best food available. Cuisine at Londolozi pays tribute to its commitment to sustainability and its respect of the environment. Home grown, organic produce, free range game, and fresh herbs are the stars of Londolozi’s delightful menu. Many of Londolozi’s recipes have been handed down through the Varty family, but all of the recipes featured were brought to life in Londolozi’s bustling kitchen. At 16.00 guests are treated to a lavish high tea, after which they can hop onto the sunset game drive. Dinner is then served at 19.30. Winter follows a similar schedule with the day starting with a sunrise game drive at 6.00, and ending with the sunset game drive at 15.30, and dinner served at 19.00.

  1. Why Londolozi?

Londolozi epitomises everything luxurious and hospitable about Africa. In 2014, Londolozi was named the best hotel in the entire world by Conde Nast Readers’ Choice Awards—an absolute global honour! Londolozi is also world-renowned for its gorgeous leopards. To spot a leopard is an absolutely exhilarating experience, but Londolozi manages to take the idea of ‘spotting’ leopards to a whole new level. Londolozi’s intimate leopard sightings are truly phenomenal and an experience that is not to be missed. Londolozi is an out-of-Africa adventure that should be on everyone’s bucket list.


  1. What’s on offer at the Londolozi Wellness Centre?

The Londolozi Wellness Centre is committed to promoting healing. Guests can enjoy specialised yoga classes that are suitable for anyone—beginners and intermediate yogis alike. What could bring you closer to nature than doing yoga on the Yoga Deck which is suspended high up in a 500 year old ebony tree? Equally healing and relaxing, why not treat yourself to some massage therapy? Londolozi offers Swedish massages, aromatherapy massages, and reiki. You can even opt to have your massage in the privacy of your own room or deck! And, of course, Londolozi would never neglect its fitness fanatics. Its fully equipped gym offers running, cycling, and rowing machines, and it is open 24 hours a day!

Please do let us know if you have any more questions on Londolozi and the magic that awaits you there.

FAQs — 10 Things To Know Before You Go On Safari

Organising a safari is always exciting, however, it can be a little bit daunting if it’s your first time. It’s even daunting for people who have gone on safari before because things change and different places require different things. In order to put your mind at ease, we’ve compiled a list of our top ten most frequently asked questions when preparing for a safari.

  1. Are all safaris the same?

Definitely not. There is an incredibly wide variety of safaris to choose from. Most people think of the traditional African safari trips—you know, the Big Five sightings, the African savannah, the vast plains … But, you can also go on boat (mokoro) safaris in Botswana or even ocean safaris in Mozambique! This is a great way to see hippos, elephants, and even crocs up close. Another thing to remember is that there are different types of game drives at different times of the day.

  1. Will I definitely see the Big Five?

This is something that really can’t be guaranteed. Unfortunately, nature is unpredictable, so it really is just all about luck. Don’t get obsessed with seeing the Big Five—just sit back, relax, and enjoy the things that you do see – you will no doubt be blown away by the experience!

  1. Do I need a visa to travel to Africa?

This truly depends on which country in Africa you are visiting, and which country you are coming from. If you are visiting Botswana, Mauritius, Namibia, or South Africa, and you are from either the UK or the US, you will not need a visa if your visit will be less than 90 days. If you’re visiting Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Zambia, or Zimbabwe, and you’re from the UK or the US, then you will need a visa, but you can obtain one when you arrive in the country for approximately $50.00 per person. If you’re visiting Mozambique or Uganda, and you’re from the US or the UK, then you need to obtain a visa before you travel to these countries.

  1. Do I need to get any vaccines?

Yes. You need to book an appointment with your doctor to make sure that they can recommend the most up-to-date vaccine advice. You need to let them know where you’re going and for how long. Also inform them about any stop-overs that you might be having because if you stop over in Kenya at all, you will need to get vaccinated against Yellow Fever. Other African countries will not allow you to enter from Kenya if you have not had this vaccine. Most game parks in Africa are malaria areas so it is important to take malaria medication. The vaccines that are generally prescribed are for Hepatitis A and B, typhoid, and diphtheria, but your doctor will be able to advise you on this.

  1. Which currency will I need to take with me?

It’s best to use US dollars in Africa. However, South Africa does not accept US dollars, and so you will need to take the South African Rand if you will be staying in South Africa. You can use your credit cards as well, although the surcharge might be quite large.

  1. Is it safe to visit Africa?

Of course. We make sure that the countries where we operate our trips are safe, and we are kept up to date with regular updates about each country so we would be the first to know if there were any issues or safety concerns to worry about.

  1. Is there a specific dress code for a safari?

No. It’s important to dress comfortably and casually while you’re on safari. You should, however, take some smart casual clothes to the top lodges for the evenings. You should wear khaki for game drives, and you should bring along a polar fleece jacket for early morning game drives. Pack in a few cardigans or sweaters just to be safe because the evenings are sometimes quite cold. Here are a few more tips on what to pack when going on safari.

  1. Will I be able to charge my electronic devices?

Yes. Most of the lodges have an electricity supply of 240 volts and most use the UK-style plugs. South Africa is the exception because its sockets are either 2 prong or three prong with the larger, round pins. But, you will definitely be able to charge you camera batteries at all of the lodges.

  1. Will food and drinks be included in my accommodation fee?

Most safari lodges include your food and drinks in your accommodation fee but there are exceptions. You need to find out from your safari specialist whether or not your food and drinks will be covered by your specific lodge.

  1. Is it okay to drink the local water?

It’s best to be safe and to limit yourself to bottled water for your time spent in Africa. The safety of the water depends on the area so you can ask the camp manager whether or not the water is safe to drink.

For any other queries or questions you might have please contact us and we will be sure to help you out.

Where to See Leopards in Africa

The leopard is without a doubt the most beautiful and most elusive member of the Big Five. It’s the most sought after sighting amongst tourists and one that safari guides across Africa spend their days in search of. If you are lucky enough to see a leopard in your life… that moment will be one that you remember and treasure forever.

Leopards are solitary and stealthy predators whose mastery of camouflage makes them very difficult to spot. To increase your chance of seeing them you need to find their prime habitats where concentrations are greatest. It also really helps if guides are able to take you on night drives as well as drive off road in the reserve to follow these magnificent predators. A leopard sighting is truly a sight to behold but unfortunately seeing them really is down to luck. However, if you go to one of the 5 places listed below you will most definitely have better odds of witnessing this definitive wildlife experience.

Sabi Sands, South Africa

The Sabi Sands situated on the Kruger National Park’s western boundary has an incredibly high concentration of leopard. Within the Sabi Sands your best bet is most definitely Londolozi as this pinnacle safari destination prides itself in its incredible relationship with its leopards. The reserve contains hoards of the perfect leopard prey, its lush habitat and expanse of dense trees makes is perfect for leopards and guides are allowed to drive off road and at night in search of them.


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Moremi Game Reserve, Botswana

Moremi is a truly special place as it surrounds much of the Okavango Delta, Botswana’s wildlife hotspot. With herds of small antelope, monkeys, warthogs and the like the grassy floodplains and tall forest are prime leopard country. Most of the camps allow night and off-road driving which helps considerably too. Chiefs Camp in particular sits on the Delta’s largest island and is renowned for some of the best big game viewing in all of Africa and most notably leopard viewing.


Samburu & Masai Mara Reserves, Kenya

The Samburu and Masai Mara National Reserves both have great reputations for excellent leopard sightings. Samburu a dry woodland area and the Mara an open rolling grassland are both prime leopard habitats. Leopards lie especially along the rivers, in the trees and in amongst the kopjes awaiting the arrival of their prey often which consist of the great herds that move annually into the areas.



South Luangwa, Zambia

The exquisite South Luangwa Valley in central Zambia boasts one of the highest concentrations of leopard in Africa due to its high concentrations of prey. A wide and fertile alluvial plain nourished by the Luangwa River, the park’s wildlife ranges from aardvark to zebra and it has long been known for its dense concentrations of predators, especially lions and leopards. South Luangwa camps also offer some of Africa’s best walking safaris, which enable you to prowl this big predator country on foot!


Kalahari Desert, Namibia and South Africa

The Kalahari Desert is a large “waterless” desert covering most of Botswana, Namibia and South Africa. It is hot and rainfall is minimal but it is also home to a large collection of leopard, which graze and cool off by the few rivers in amongst the sandy plains, mostly up North towards Namibia.



A leopard sighting is one of life’s true wonders, an experience you will never forget and one that will leave you speechless and covered (head to toe) in goosebumps! We wish you all the best on your quest to get up close and personal with Africa’s most magnificent predator.

Top Videos of 2017

Just in case you’ve missed out – here are some of our top #iconicmoments of 2017 caught on film. We hope that wherever in the world you are… watching these transports you into the African bush for even just a few minutes.


Up Close and Personal with the Gorillas

Tree Leopard Londolozi

Lions Feeding

Curious Hyena Pup

Leopard at Dusk

Majestic Giraffe

Elephant Family at Marataba Safari Lodge